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Beneath the American Renaissance

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Zusatztext Impressively informed and heroic . . . An original piece of work that gives the literary canon and its contexts a good shaking. Zusammenfassung Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "impressively informed and heroic" and in The Economist as "richly suggestive!" the award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period! as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight! engaging observation! andnarrative drive! it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson! Thoreau! Whitman! Poe! Hawthorne! Melville! and Dickinson receive striking! original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print in an affordable paperbackedition! the volume includes a new foreword by prominent historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. An exquisite jewel of criticism and cultural history! Beneath the American Renaissance is certain to find an appreciative new readership in those interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it. Informationen zum Autor David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Walt Whitman's America! Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson! John Brown! Abolitionist! and the forthcoming Mightier than the Sword: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Battle for America. He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize! the Christian Gauss Award! the Ambassador Book Award!and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Klappentext The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period! as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight! engaging observation! and narrative drive! it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson! Thoreau! Whitman! Poe! Hawthorne! Melville! and Dickinson receive striking! original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print! the volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history! Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it. ...

Autorentext
David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include Walt Whitman's America, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, John Brown, Abolitionist, and the forthcoming Mightier than the Sword: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Battle for America. He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Ambassador Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Klappentext

The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print, the volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.



Zusammenfassung
Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "impressively informed and heroic" and in The Economist as "richly suggestive," the award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print in an affordable paperback edition, the volume includes a new foreword by prominent historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. An exquisite jewel of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance is certain to find an appreciative new readership in those interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.

Inhalt

INTRODUCTION; PART I GOD'S BOW, MAN'S ARROWS: RELIGION, REFORM, AND AMERICAN LITERATURE; 1. The New Religious Style; 2. The Reform Impulse and the Paradox of Immoral Didacticism; 3. The Transcendentalists, Whitman, and Popular Reform; 4. Hawthorne and the Reform Impulse; 5. Melville's Whited Sepulchres; PART II: PUBLIC POISON: SENSATIONALISM AND SEXUALITY; 6. The Sensational Press and the Rise of Subversive Literature; 7. The Erotic Imagination; 8. Poe and Popular Irrationalism; 9. Hawthorne's Cultural Demons; 10. Melville's Ruthless Democracy; 11. Whitman's Transfigured Sensationalism; PART III: OTHER AMAZONS: WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WOMEN'S WRONGS, AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION; 12. Types of American Womanhood; 13. Hawthorne's Heroines; 14. The American Women's Renaissance and Emily Dickinson; PART IV THE GROTESQUE POSTURE POPULAR HUMOR AND THE AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE STYLE; 15. The Carnivalization of American Language; 16. Transcendental Wild Oats; 17. Whitman's Poetic Humor; 18. Stylized Laugher in Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville; EPILOGUE RECONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM: LITERARY THEORY AND LITERARY HISTORY; NOTES; INDEX

Produktinformationen

Titel: Beneath the American Renaissance
Untertitel: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville
Autor:
EAN: 9780199782840
ISBN: 978-0-19-978284-0
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press Inc
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 656
Gewicht: 850g
Größe: H234mm x B156mm x T45mm
Jahr: 2011